Tony and Karen have been interested in getting into beekeeping for quite a while, and whilst on holiday last year, they visited Quince Bee farm in Devon which fuelled their passion for the hobby.
Coincidentally, one of our clients who owns one of the Gardens we maintain in Bramfield in Hertford was interested in having an Apiary built in their Garden and so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to help out our client and indulge in our new hobby too!
It’s always best to get expert advice when it comes to beekeeping and so we contacted the local bee association, who came along to our client’s site to give advice on where the best place for an Apiary would be.
Ideal Hive Locations include easy access to tend your hive, a nearby water source for bees to access, patches of sunlight available, minimal wind, and good drainage so that Bees don’t get wet. Hives should ideally be South East facing and have good ventilation around them.
The local beekeeping association were extremely helpful, and so we would always recommend contacting your local association if you are considering taking up beekeeping. We have now joined our local association.
Having chosen the site, we mapped out the area which was ideal for an apiary and laid a hard standing area with paving for up to five hives, with a work area next to each hive. We’ve also laid a base for a shed to hold all of the equipment needed.
It’s always important to consider the flowers which are planted around an Apiary, as you need flowers which will be a good source of nectar and pollen. Hawthorn Whip flowers often act as a “magnet” to bees who can easily access their pollen, and so we planted two hundred Hawthorn Whips around the area to create a bee friendly hedge, and then we also added a gate around the hives for protection.
Also, in this garden we have prepared a very large area to sow wildflower creating a huge sway of plants for the bees. We can’t wait for it to grow, as it will look so beautiful once it’s all in bloom!
Although these different areas have been created, bees don’t start actively building their colonies until the Spring and so currently the area is in cultivation in readiness for the first hive in April/May.
We look forward to sharing on our blog and social media channels how we’re getting on and how the Apiary’s are going, so keep an eye out for our updates.
If you’re interested in finding out more about building an Apiary on your property then we’re always happy to assist!